Black is beautiful.
You can definitely call him out for it, but be sure that you are not putting out any names other than your own unless you ask the people being mentioned first. If your friends / other classmates are not comfortable with confronting him themselves, don’t call them out when you confront him yourself. That can be very dangerous for them. You can tell him first and foremost that the n-word in any of it’s forms is derogatory when said by people who are not Black, whether he intends for it to be negative or degrading or not, he is saying something which has been used to insult, dehumanize, and oppress an entire race of people for decades.
As a White person, there is truly no excuse for him to use it because it is very much a slur. The only reason that SOME Black people choose to reclaim it (not all Black people are even comfortable with using it) is because it restores some power to them IN SPITE OF THE DEHUMANIZATION IT CARRIED FROM WHITE PEOPLE. It’s very different from someone else saying it because they have nothing to reclaim, as they were not the targets of the meaning of the word.
You can tell him that he may be alienating or ostracizing his classmates by using that type of language because it is still very offensive to a lot of people, especially when said by somebody who is not Black, You could also bring up the point that using Black culture, history, and struggle as a part of his appearance, or in an attempt to build “cred” for himself, is very demeaning and inconsiderate.
It belittles and mocks experiences which others have to endure daily because of their skin color and ethnic heritage, while he can pick and choose what he does and doesn’t want to associate himself with because he is not Black. He is also contributing to the erasure and decontextualization of Black livelihood by participating in appropriation because there is a larger system of racism which makes Blackness “acceptable” when put onto a White body, but otherwise criminalizes it.
You could also point him in the direction of different blogs or other resources if you think he may be interested in reading more on the topic; whitepeoplesaidwhat, whiteguiltconfessionals, whatwhiteswillneverknow, and etc. are good places to start if he wants to really see what types of things people have to put up with. bornabitch-allthedaysandnights also has a lot of resources on cultural appropriation; the blog owner has degrees in the field.
The reason some black people use it is the same reason some white people use it. Because they hear it and think it sounds cool. I’m sure the little gangsta wannabe black kids on my street aren;t actively and consciously “reclaiming” when they use the word. But it’s a nice fantasy by those who want to pretend that those kids don’t sound dumb.
It doesn’t matter what their reason is because as Black people they can reclaim and use it however they want, since it is a slur against them. White people don’t have that right. Period.
Like I said I’m not sure the black kids I’ve heard use it are actually reclaiming it. They are doing the same as white kids who use it, just repeating shit they hear.
It doesn’t matter what you think they’re doing or whether or not they are choosing to use the word for some political meaning; that’s completely irrelevant to the point that as Black people, who have the right to every aspect of Black culture, they can say nigga all they damn well want to, politically charged or not.
That is their right. White people do it to appropriate Black culture and seem “cool”, and that’s a very different context than Black people expressing something that has become a part of Black culture because of movements of reclamation and empowerment. We, as Black people, hear that from our own in a context that is not negative.
It has already been reclaimed, not every individual has to say “yeah I wanna reclaim this”—it’s a matter of using it or not using it.
Lol at the idea of people having or not having the right to any cuture. everyone has the right to any culture for whatever reason they want. If white kids want to call each other nigga that is nobody’s business but their own. If white people can’ tell black folks not to say it then it goes the same for anyone else telling white folks not to say it too.
And no the context isn’t different at all. There is no difference between a black kid picking up a word and using it because he thinks it’s cool and a white kid doing the same. They have done exactly the same thing.
Yeah, that’s not how culture works, buddy. Cultural patrimony has and will continue to be a very real concept both in social and legal settings until the end of time. If cultures had no boundaries nor differentiation, they wouldn’t exist. The literal definition of a culture is a set of traditions, practices, artifacts, and other characteristics which belong to a specific group. If you say “well everyone has a right to everything”, culture disappears.
You’ve already said multiple times you have no idea why the Black people around you say nigga, so you can’t say it’s the same as White people because you don’t know.What can be said, however, is that White people do not have the right to slur they created and used to dehumanize an entire race of people just because they think it’s lost its power. In their hands it’s still a tool of violence which is used all the time.
Maybe instead of spewing uneducated bullshit on Tumblr you should invest in a book on the topics you’re so egregiously attempting to “school” others on.
No. Without artificial enforced boundaries culture doesn’t dissapear. Cowboy culture didn’t disappear because country fans wore their hats and boots. Japanese culture didn’t disappear when westerners took karate classes.
And actually do know why black kids and white kids use the word. I just explained. They hear it, like it, and repeat it.
Sub-cultures are not the same thing as ethnic cultures, and if you’re seriously going to say that cowboy culture is the same as something like Black culture, that only shows how completely ignorant you are. That’s like comparing goth culture to Desi culture.
Cultural appropriation—not appreciation or sharing—is cultural erasure and violence. It decontextualizes and misrepresents cultural norms, traditions, practices, and etc. for the personal or economic gain of individuals and businesses. It reinforces imperialist and colonialist standards, and is recognized within the anthropologist and social science community as being a form of genocide. No amount of your whining will ever change that.
You don’t know anything, much less what’s going on inside the heads of people you clearly do not respect nor view in a positive light; and I’m not going to waste my time on trying to explain how wrong you are.
THROWBACK THURSDAY to that time that we walked in on this photo shoot with Eric from Foxy Shazam & Dua from Bad Rabbits backstage at the Eagle Theater! - 4/8/2010
Photo Credit: mikerice
Lmao I can’t xD
First of all Bad Rabbits is the shit. Get to know them. I learned about them through watching Sportscenter when one of the songs off their Stick Up Kids EP was being played for a while. They just released a new album and this is one of my favorite songs off of it. The music video is cute but I immediately connected to the lyrics, specifically the bridge. It sounds like unrequited love which I can relate to wholeheartedly. I hope you enjoy it.
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i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING YOUR GUN TO THE GROCERY STORE
how does america even function like it sounds like a video game or something. grand theft freedom.
what the american school system teaches us
You know sweatpants?
In Australia we call them trakky-dacks.
im starting to think you aussies are just fucking with us
we actually aren’t and that’s the horrendous part.
MY FAVORITE MODEL OMG
I feel like in Britney’s mind she’s 65